To do, to do... A snapshot of my various lists.
Here are some highlights from my work life during the past few months.
- Managing volunteers: together with two colleagues, we worked on improving branch reporting of volunteer hours (that's the short version of that story, trust me...) I also developed a standard response to volunteer inquiries, updated the volunteer page on our website and our corporate policies, and developed a template for tracking branch opportunities. Whew! In May alone (school wasn't even out yet) we received about 30 inquiries about volunteering, via phone calls, e-mails and paper application forms.
- We acquired two tablet laptops for the Bookmobiles for the PSAs to provide information and reference assistance.
- We visited five local schools, from Vars to Riverside South, to promote SRC and the Bookmobile. The trips included an Algonquin College LIT student, one of OPL’s summer students from U of T, and staff.
- We launched Summer Reading Club on both buses - with bus decorations!
- We updated our communication plan for stop modifications and cancellations: daily updates (as needed) are now appearing on the library website.
- Both buses completed their annual maintenance, which involved some days off the road and some creative scheduling, so we could cover 21 of our 22 stops with one bus.
- Bookmobile attended two special events: the Farley Mowat School MayFair and the Touch A Truck event.
- We ordered two counters for the buses, to enable more accurate tracking of patrons visiting at each stop, for statistical purposes.
- We also developed a spreadsheet for tracking weekly counts, to make it easier to report this information for OPL reports (available here - click on each month's agenda)
- Readers’ advisory services on the bus received some extra promotion as we refreshed the read-alike bookmarks displayed on the bus.
- Bookmobile received new, easy to understand, visual and bilingual Open/Closed signs for the buses.
- We made some changes to Bookmobile collections: more DVDs, more room for teen collections, and display space for Express DVDs and museum passes.
- All Bookmobile staff went the extra mile these past few months, filling in shifts as needed: at special events or due to staff absences/retirements. Dudes, no joke, people are retiring left, right and centre over here. It's getting kind of crazy.
- I worked on lots of list of duties, procedures, and staff surveys.... I'll spare you the (boring) details.
- I also clocked some time overseeing Homebound Services (luckily, their excellent supervisor keeps things running smoothly!).